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In this op-ed, Professor Steve C. Currall writes that many pundits give President Obama’s budget proposal little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Congress. The House and Senate budget blueprints have set the stage for a likely veto struggle. But while dysfunctional, hyper-partisanship may continue to rule Washington, at least one important part of the budget is cause for hope: federal investments in science and technology innovation. There are encouraging signs that America’s innovation ecosystem will get a bipartisan boost this year.
A crumb-free keyboard isn’t the only benefit of eating lunch away from the computer. Taking the time to step away for lunch could greatly enhance one’s work ethic, according to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis.
University of California at Davis’ Graduate School of Management has partnered with the San Francisco-based University of California Hastings Colleges of the Law to offer a concurrent JD/MBA program. The new JD/MBA can be completed in four years, rather than the five years it would take to complete both degrees separately. It’s aimed at participants whose career paths are on the intersection between law and business.
While eating lunch is still a natural part of the American workday, it’s now fairly uncommon for white collar workers to go on a lunch break. Like after-hours email, this critical lack of escape is slowly chipping away at our psyches. “Staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking,” UC-Davis Professor Kimberly Elsbach recently told NPR’s Here & Now. “It’s also detrimental to doing that rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha’ moment.”
The reality is that “smart” money is really quite dumb, even endowment money isn’t smart: Professor Brad Barber’s study found the vast majority of endowments, like the vast majority of individual investors, “choose to play the loser’s game” of active management, with mixed results.
UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10 Percent in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.
U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10 percent of the 464 full-time MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Did you take a lunch break yesterday? Are you planning to take one today?
Chances are the answer is no. Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Research shows that only one in five people steps away for a midday meal. Most workers are simply eating at their desks.
But studies have also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it’s just for a few minutes, because creativity can take a hit when you don’t change environments.
What ever happened to the lunch hour – actually getting out of the office for some air and a meal? Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Studies show that only one in five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But research has also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
The New York Times looked at S&P 1500 firms and found that for every woman chief executive, there were four men named John, Robert, William or James in a top leadership position. The findings mirror a study released by the University of California, Davis in December that examined female executives at California’s largest public companies.
Just because a product’s label says light, natural, green, energy-saving or numerous other vague terms, doesn’t mean it is.
That’s what the American Sociological Association reports in a new study released this month in the American Sociological Review journal.
(DAVIS, Calif.) — MBA-minded University of California, Davis, alumni may now apply for a new scholarship to help fund their business education by sharing how they would promote “Aggie pride.”
The Aggie Pride Alumni Fellowship is open to applicants to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Part-Time MBA programs who have earned an undergraduate degree at UC Davis. The nationally ranked Part-Time MBA programs are offered in Sacramento and San Ramon. Fellowship recipients will receive up to $3,000.
In this op-ed by Associate Professor Anna Scherbina, she writes that a recent incident involving McDonald’s shows how negative news on one company can cause other businesses to suffer as well, but with a delay – an insight that could help small investors reap significant trading profits, according to her research.
In September, three of Sacramento’s shared workspaces were ranked among the best 75 in the country. Professor Kimberly Elsbach said that while some types of work – like software coding – can be done faster at home, creative ideas typically percolate from a collaborative environment.
America’s political leaders have been divided on the question of innovation policy, and the rift threatens our future prosperity. But a bipartisan solution is possible.
Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy, Steven C. Currall talks about “Organized Innovation” in this op-ed with co-author Ed Frauenheim.
Our Full-Time MBA program ranks No. 28 in a new compilation of data from QS World University, Eduniversal, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, the National Center for Education and Statistics, and PayScale’s Graduate School Salary Report, according to Top Management Degrees.
Super Bowl Commercials
Assistant Professor Olivier Rubel tackles a Super Bowl ad from Nationwide that stirred controversy as people were offended by a commercial discussing a child’s death. The ad was part of Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen campaign, which aims to reduce childhood home accidents. It has a child narrating life experiences they won’t be able to experience before finally revealing he died in an childhood accident.
Star Analysts’ Stock Picks Pay Off
New research shows that All-America Research Team-ranked sell-side equity analysts make better buy and sell calls than their peers.
Although institutional asset managers that participate in the voting for the All-America Research Team say they prize equity analysts most for their industry knowledge and company fundamental analysis, Hodess says the importance of stock picking shouldn’t be underestimated.
In a landmark paper titled “Trading Is Hazardous to Your Wealth,” finance Professors Brad Barber and Terrance Odean tracked thousands of small investors and found a consistent pattern: those who traded a lot performed miserably, and those who traded less did much better. When it comes to investing, lethargy works.
How UC Davis can help make the Sacramento region visible as the fourth economic powerhouse in the state in the league of San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area? Professor Steve Currall is heading up the effort as the chancellor’s senior adviser for strategic projects and initiatives.
Professor David Bunch said the best that consumers can hope for is automation that operates with the same responsiveness — and attractiveness — as the sci-fi, super-smart operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the 2013 movie “Her.” “Would you prefer to speak with Scarlett Johansson?” Bunch asked. “I’d prefer to speak with Scarlett Johansson.”